June, 2011 - Volume XVIII Issue VI - Circulation... Plenty!

This Month Pledge to: Attend a Jazz Concert! Spread Good News! Remember Your Ancestors! Beat Your Drums! Celebrate Your Freedom!  Blow Your Sax!   Set Someone / Something Free! Buy (Non-Bootleg) Black Music!    

 T'Keyah Speaks at Chicago's HRDI
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh will visit Human Resources Development Institute, Inc. (HRDI) during her June trip to the windy city.  HRDI is one of the largest behavioral healthcare agencies in the United States.  The organization provides services in alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health, youth prevention, family services, community health, case management, alternative youth education, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, corrective services, and gambling prevention and education. Joel K. Johnson, M.Ed., HRDI's newly appointed President and CEO, invited Keymáh to visit the adolescent girls residential treatment program where she will share a meal and speak with the participants before touring the HRDI facilities. 

Forgotten Roots Presents Parks' Blood
Forgotten Roots Theatre Presents In The Blood by Suzan Lori Parks, Directed by Alonzo Jones Starring: Tiffany Baxter, Jarett Jackson, Mateen Stewart, Evita M. Castine, John Byron Brooks and Jakquelyn Sullivan - The Flight Theatre at the COMPLEX, 6472 Santa Monica Boulevard LA,CA 90038 Thus- Sat June 2-4, 2011 @ 8PM, Doors open @ 7:30PM Sun- June 5,2011@3PM, Doors @ 2:30PM.  Forgotten Roots Theatre is an emerging company whose mission is to: ..."present stories of African-American Centered life as they relate to our struggle, our history and our culture. Through non-stereotypical, inspirational works by countless (often forgotten) black playwrights, we will revive, uplift and unify our audiences as our fight for survival continues throughout the 21st century. We commit to give voice to African American creativity and our performances will reflect the genuine essence of our commitment to our community and beyond.

Safety Series Part I: Things Your Burglar Doesn't Want You to Know

The following information was shared by seasoned burglars in a police sponsored anti-crime seminar.  Their habits may encourage you to change yours:    1. They did not enter the homes with a weapon (but  would steal weapons, if found) and aimed to enter homes when no one was there.  2. They would look for neighborhoods where neighbors don’t know each other. 3.  They looked for an open door or window and will enter through the front or the back. 4.  They would usually ring the bell or knock to find out if someone was home. 5.  If someone was home, they would make up a story & leave quickly. 6.  If the person didn’t watch them walk away, they might go to the next house.  7. One said he would walk with a rake, shovel or lawn mower in case someone answered.  8.  They could be in and out of the house in under 10 minutes. 9.  The first stop was always the master bedroom where most valuable are kept.  10.  They weren’t “fooled” by things hidden in an underwear drawer. 11.  Most valuables are kept in the master bedroom.  12. Second stop was the office/computer room or kitchen. 13. They would look for blank checks, social security numbers, inactivated credit cards and unlocked laptops. 14.  They would take one or two checks from the middle or back of the book, which they could sell to someone else for identity theft. 15.  One  said if he also got the person’s ID, he would go to another bank and deposit a check with cash back up to $1000 in the drive-thru. 16.  The kitchen junk drawer often has similar items thrown in there.  17.  Bottom line: Get Know Your Neighbors and Watch Out For Each Other / Lock Your Doors and Windows / Lock Valuables Including Checks.  The more inconvenient you make accessing your valuables, the less likely likely the burgla- More next month.

Festival Favorite's Theatrical Release
Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer's Children of God premiered theatrically last month at the Quad Cinemas in New York. The film stars Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp and Van Brown.  Awards and recognitions for project include Best Film at NEWFEST Film Festival, New York, Lesgaicinemad, Italy and T&T Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago. 
The gorgeous beaches and towns of the Bahamas are the setting for Children of God, a strong and tender romantic drama from first-time filmmaker Kareem Mortimer. Percolating under the hot sun and sand are religious intolerance, political grand-standing, family woes and hopefully enough love to conquer them all.

SPOTLIGHT: Fit/Fabulous Kristie LaTray
Kristie LaTray has her eye on action.  The striking, bronze actress-turned-trainer who could easily have made a go on the catwalk, came to Los Angeles to pursue acting dreams.  The sculpted performer got sidetracked, however, when she trained to get in shape and the fitness bug took over.  LaTray is back in the acting studio now with her sights set on action films, but until she gets her big break on screen, she is happy to help others get fit.   Train with Kristie LaTray at ger Ultimate Fat Burn in downtown Los Angeles.  Monday-Friday mornings @ 5:30am or 6:30am in a fun yet intense, small-group environment! Contact Fit and Fabulous Training today for details (818) 732-093.

Anointed Show of Talent
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. Presents THE ANOINTED GOSPEL TALENT SEARCH on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 6:00pm, at 5188 Norwood Avenue (Inside Gateway Town Center) Jacksonville, FL 32208. The talent show features a variety of solo and group performers competing for over $2,000 in cash prizes.  Admission is $10.00 in Advance  and $15 at the Door.  Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. has produced over 25 productions including MAMA, I WANT TO SING; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, DREAMGIRLS, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, and Darryl Reuben Hall’s FRAT HOUSE. Stage Aurora was founded by veteran performer and Jacksonville native Darryl Reuben Hall with a goal to produce ‘theatre that enlightens.’ For more information, please call Stage Aurora at  (904) 765-7372.

Habitat WE Build Was a Blast!
w/Speaker Col. Colonel Lisa Costanza
By all accounts, the Habitat for Humanity San Fernando / Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) Women's Empowerment (WE) Build was a huge success. Chairperson T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh welcomed more than seven hundred volunteers over during the two day event May 14th and 15th, 2011 during which women worked together painting, planting, sawing, nailing, drilling, siding, building fences and building friendships.  Special Guest Speaker Army Brigade Commander Colonel Lisa Costanza inspired the crowd on Saturday and Sunday's volunteers were entertained by the adorable dancers from Ballet Folklorico Las Estrellas
w/Habitat Ambassador Arianne Zucker
WE Build supports and celebrates women who work in non-traditional careers and those at the tops of their professions who encourage others by example and by sharing their success while women from all paths gather to uplift a community. 
w/ Lynora Miller & John Moody
In addition to providing homes for working families, Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV’s pioneering Enriched Neighborhoods program includes health and nutrition training, dental hygiene, teen empowerment, tutoring, and ESL classes. In Pacoima, only 43% of high school students graduate, but in Habitat’s Enriched Neighborhoods, every child has graduated high school and 92% of them are attending or have graduated from college or trade school. 
Thank you so much to all who contributed time and / or money  to make the event a rousing success. We couldn't have done it without you!!!  Keymáh has already accepted Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV's invitation to chair the 2012 WE Build and is wasting no time in recruiting teams for next year's event...  Stay tuned!
Carlease Burke

Dawnn Lewis
Ella Joyce, T'Keyah Crysta Burgess and her son

Chicago's Congo Square presents the world premiere of Darren Canady's new play, Brothers of the Dust through - June 26, 2011, at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts - Congo Square, 777 N Green St. Chicago, IL 60622.  Directed by Congo Square ensemble member Daniel Bryant. the show features ensemble members Anthony Irons and Tracey N. Bonner with James T. Alfred, Velma Austin, Shanesia Davis, Edgar Miguel Sanchez and Austin Talley.  Set in rural Kansas, Brothers of The Dust, chronicles the homecoming of two brothers returning to the family farm to stake their claim on farm land that has been in the family for generations, and maintained by their oldest sibling.  For Tickets and more Information Call  312.733.6000 Or Visit Theaterland.com. 

NBTF: A Purple Party with Purpose
Co-Chairs T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Lamman Rucker invite you to the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF), August 1-6 in Winston-Salem, NC.  The city will be blanketed in purple once again, in honor of NBTF's late founder, Larry Leon Hamlin, as newcomers, legends, and theater enthusiasts of all ages gather from across the country and beyond to mix and mingle on Black Theater's 'holy ground."  
A Star-studded Awards Gala kicks off the festivities and the week long event is jam packed with new, established and classic plays and musicals, readings of new works, film screenings,  art exhibits, workshops, the book fair and author's corner, nightly celebrity receptions and of course Malcolm Jamal Warner's signature Midnight Poetry Jam!   Come early, stay late, network and party hearty with the who's who of Black theater.  For more information, visit www.nbtf.org.  


Congratulations to: my super cool uncle, Carneil Carter, Jr. on the celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday; The Youth Drum Disciples on their end of the year program; my cousin and birthday twin Jazz Carter on graduating from Lutheran High School; my cousin Joel K. Johnson, M.Ed., on his promotion to President and CEO of Human Resources Development Inc. (HRDI) in Chicago; my cousin Tineka Hollins on her marriage to Gerald Lewis, Jr.; and Donna Deutchman and her wonderful staff for pulling off another great Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV WE Build -  go on girl woman!


The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Will Lee "Da Real One" Bell, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva, Mia Amber Davis, Daryl Hawks, Larry Kinley, Latricia Allen Ledet, Zim "Zimology" Ngqawana, Gil Scott-Heron, and Mante Ray "M-Bone" Talbert. We are blessed to have known their warm heart, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.

Have you hugged someone you love today?

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